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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Kerry leaves Israel with hopes, but few results

By Edmund Sanders





JewishWorldReview.com |

W ERUSALEM— (MCT) Wrapping up his first solo visit in a renewed Obama administration campaign to restart peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Tuesday with few signs of progress and a vow to keep trying.

After talks Monday and Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry expressed optimism, calling the discussions productive and constructive. His brief trip followed last month's three-day visit by President Barack Obama.

"This effort is not just about getting the parties back into direct negotiations," Kerry said. "It's about getting everybody in the best position to succeed."

He said he was leaving Israel with "homework" and would return to the region to continue the process and the talks. "Doing it right is more important than doing it quickly," he said.

Israeli and Palestinian officials say Kerry is expected to make monthly trips to the region, marking a shift by the Obama administration, which in 2010 largely shelved its effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.


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For now, Kerry is focusing on goodwill gestures designed to bridge tensions and steps to improve the West Bank economy. He spoke with both sides about extending Palestinian control over more parts of the West Bank.

But there were few signs that either side was budging from the entrenched positions they have held for nearly four years.

Palestinians are refusing to return to the negotiating table until Israel halts settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. It wants Israel to submit a draft map of what land it is willing to release to a Palestinian state.

Israel is refusing to halt settlement construction or provide maps, saying such issues should be decided at the negotiating table.

"Foremost in our minds (are) the questions of recognition and security," Netanyahu said Tuesday. His government has insisted that Palestinians recognize Israel as a "Jewish state" and allow an Israeli military presence along the Jordan Valley.

Conservative members of his coalition are warning Netanyahu against making concessions to Palestinians.

"I don't understand the approach that we need to pay just for the privilege of the Palestinians agreeing to sit across the table from us and talk," said Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin.

Palestinians expressed their own skepticism. "(Kerry) believes that an accumulation of trips will eventually lead to something," said former government spokesman Ghassan Khatib, an analyst at Birzeit University. "All this does not answer the question: What next? And as a result, no one is expecting breakthroughs."

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